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by just frank
Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Florida Over, 2017
Replies: 41
Views: 4536

Re: Is Florida Over, 2017

My parents live near Sarasota, and get why they chose to move there. Inland and at 17 ft. They report that a lot of the barrier islands and coastal areas are seeing salt water intrusion into the ground water from overuse. You'd think with all the rain they'd be aok...but between the porous bedrock a...
by just frank
Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Earplugs that work on low frequency noise?
Replies: 35
Views: 1698

Re: Earplugs that work on low frequency noise?

All I can say is my neighbor really liked to run a gas powered leaf blower almost every weekend afternoon all fall (somehow I manage to get the same job done in about 4 hours/year). It was loud enough to wake me up from a cherished weekend nap, seems like every time I dozed off (I sleep about 5 hour...
by just frank
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone else not liking the new cars?
Replies: 75
Views: 5024

Re: anyone else not liking the new cars?

"we will just engineer batteries that charge in 10 minutes when we really care to." I read recently about (another...) potential breakthrough in battery charging time -- forget the article. But "when we care to" is not always possible. We would "care to" cure cancer but while we have periodic wins,...
by just frank
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone else not liking the new cars?
Replies: 75
Views: 5024

Re: anyone else not liking the new cars?

It will be really interesting to see what the car market looks like in 20 years. The magic battery pack exchange (am I right that the Tesla can do something like this now? .. actually googling a bit it seems like they tried that but have backed off it) however, is not going to happen across the spe...
by just frank
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Boston area Relocation...major decision points
Replies: 34
Views: 2766

Re: Boston area Relocation...major decision points

Definitely rent at first, Boston area real estate is so pricey that rushing to buy could result in a very costly mistake. In something more OT, you couldn't pay me enough to go back to MA. There must be pockets of people I could relate to around the universities, but the provinciality and thought p...
by just frank
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Boston area Relocation...major decision points
Replies: 34
Views: 2766

Re: Boston area Relocation...major decision points

Definitely rent at first, Boston area real estate is so pricey that rushing to buy could result in a very costly mistake. Second this. I grew up in MA, and still vacation annually on the Cape. Saw a LOT of bubbly and crashy real-estate motions in 20 years, back in the last century. Boston is a burg...
by just frank
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone else not liking the new cars?
Replies: 75
Views: 5024

Re: anyone else not liking the new cars?

I just bought a new Prius and I love the look To each their own. IMO it is battling the i3 as the single ugliest vehicle currently manufactured...but I'd gladly drive either. I couldn't agree more about both cars (all the BMWs look like they have pig snouts to me)...and I drive an 'ugly' car...the ...
by just frank
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone else not liking the new cars?
Replies: 75
Views: 5024

Re: anyone else not liking the new cars?

Wake me up when there are no more government subsidies for wind/solar generation and EVs have no rebates. Then we will know there has truly been a paradigm shift. I don't mind cutting waste and adopting cleaner ways to live but the very existence of subsidies show that 'clean energy' cannot stand b...
by just frank
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone else not liking the new cars?
Replies: 75
Views: 5024

Re: anyone else not liking the new cars?

If it makes you feel better....those new cars will likely have terrible resale too after EVs take over. We are currently a 1 battery-EV, 1 gasmobile family, with the former covering 60-70% of our family driving miles, and the latter mostly for family road-trips. The gasser will be paid off in a few ...
by just frank
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Thermostat
Replies: 55
Views: 3604

Re: Wifi Thermostat

I use Nest Thermostats. I don't know anything about the EcoBee. One thing not yet mentioned is the motion detection on the Nest thermostats. In addition to noticing when you are gone and using the alternative "away" program, the Nest Thermostats have motion detection that will switch back to the "A...
by just frank
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Thermostat
Replies: 55
Views: 3604

Re: Wifi Thermostat

I have had a Nest 1.0 and an EcoBee3. Both are similarly simple to install, but the EcoBee is a far better unit. Nest phone support used to be horrific...perhaps it is better now. EcoBee was helpful. Ecobee3 released a year ago and Nest 1.0 released 5 years before that. I don't think you can compar...
by just frank
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is inflation so low? Moore's law?
Replies: 23
Views: 2843

Re: Why is inflation so low? Moore's law?

There is the concept of 'disinflation', that each sector of the economy has a different rate of inflation, depending on its usage of improving technology. And the overall 'inflation rate' is GDP-weighted average of these different numbers. The ruthless math result is that any sector that relies on s...
by just frank
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cash and landlines in disasters
Replies: 21
Views: 2271

Re: cash and landlines in disasters

Landlines **used** to be reliable because the Feds required the telcos to have large battery backups to run the network if the power grid went down. Now half of houses don't have a landline, and most that do it is not really a POTS line, it comes off a cable modem, with limited backup battery life i...
by just frank
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi Thermostat
Replies: 55
Views: 3604

Re: Wifi Thermostat

I have had a Nest 1.0 and an EcoBee3. Both are similarly simple to install, but the EcoBee is a far better unit. Nest phone support used to be horrific...perhaps it is better now. EcoBee was helpful.
by just frank
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to buy new tires? - penny or quarter test
Replies: 35
Views: 2161

Re: When to buy new tires? - penny or quarter test

After a few fender benders and skids years ago, I decided that I don't mess around with tires. I buy 'better' grade tires, I replace them if they show damage, put winter tires on my wife's back country commuter, I have them rotated, and yes I replace them well before the legal tread limit. The Miche...
by just frank
Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone ever use Sebonic Financial for mortgage?
Replies: 18
Views: 40599

Re: Anyone ever use Sebonic Financial for mortgage?

I used them for a refi in Nov 2016 and was completely satisfied. Just like the time I used Cardinal for a refi a couple years earlier.
by just frank
Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I get a New Macbook Pro?
Replies: 47
Views: 3917

Re: Should I get a New Mac or Macbookpro?

Lots of this going around. Son texted me that his 2012 MacBook Pro has crashed 3 times recently. It passed all diagnostics. It’s all SSD, max memory, fast CPU, etc., but for a change he couldn’t do math-intensive homework on the school server and had to run it locally. A cleaning might make the fan...
by just frank
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you get your news?
Replies: 131
Views: 8306

Re: Where do you get your news?

I don't know where you guys are coming from. It's called 'relativity', not the Einstein kind. Let's pause for a moment to applaud our fine moderators who keep this motley crew of Bogleheads in line. Based upon our responses in this thread, we clearly span the full range of the political opinion con...
by just frank
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you get your news?
Replies: 131
Views: 8306

Re: Where do you get your news?

If you google the question, you will find otherwise. I have and see no problem. There are several episodes in the past that have highlighted cases of them having a conservative bias. So I read it with a grain of salt. :beer Really? https://img.washingtonpost.com/pbox.php?url=https://www.washingtonp...
by just frank
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you get your news?
Replies: 131
Views: 8306

Re: Where do you get your news?

You don't see bias in the NY Times or WaPo? Nope. Of course some of the columnists have an agenda...but I don't read the ones I don't like. If you google the question, you will find otherwise. I have and see no problem. There are several episodes in the past that have highlighted cases of them havi...
by just frank
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you get your news?
Replies: 131
Views: 8306

Re: Where do you get your news?

NYTimes ($$), Vox and Politico for online general news. WaPo ($$) is good, but I do not subscribe. I avoid FoxNews and HuffPo for what I see as bias, most of the others for shallowness or too much celeb-gossip. You don't see bias in the NY Times or WaPo? Nope. Of course some of the columnists have ...
by just frank
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you get your news?
Replies: 131
Views: 8306

Re: Where do you get your news?

NYTimes ($$), Vox and Politico for online general news. WaPo ($$) is good, but I do not subscribe. I avoid FoxNews and HuffPo for what I see as bias, most of the others for shallowness or too much celeb-gossip. You don't see bias in the NY Times or WaPo? Nope. Of course some of the columnists have ...
by just frank
Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you get your news?
Replies: 131
Views: 8306

Re: Where do you get your news?

NYTimes ($$), Vox and Politico for online general news. WaPo ($$) is good, but I do not subscribe. I avoid FoxNews and HuffPo for what I see as bias, most of the others for shallowness or too much celeb-gossip. Barry Ritholtz: http://ritholtz.com provides links to diverse more in depth articles with...
by just frank
Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Oil - Price & Supply/Demand Conundrum
Replies: 62
Views: 3838

Re: Oil - Price & Supply/Demand Conundrum

You probably know the late Dr. David Mackay's https://www.withouthotair.com/ book (it's free to download at that site)? It is a fabulous book, by any measure. He was big for Heat Pumps (Ground Source/ geothermal) as a solution to transforming the UK heating system (backed up by nuclear energy). It ...
by just frank
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Oil - Price & Supply/Demand Conundrum
Replies: 62
Views: 3838

Re: Oil - Price & Supply/Demand Conundrum

It's one of those "low hanging fruit" that is out there. There are however significant institutional obstacles-- the frictions that make all such "obvious" policies messy and difficult in practice. I wasn't aware home heating oil and diesel fuel were equivalent-- I had thought closer to the bottom ...
by just frank
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Oil - Price & Supply/Demand Conundrum
Replies: 62
Views: 3838

Re: Oil - Price & Supply/Demand Conundrum

Saying that you are going to overweight or underweight a sector is the same as saying that you know more than the market. Doesn't every trader on, both sides of the trade, think this? The only winners are the market makers. And home heating switching to gas (longer term, the pipes had to be laid). ...
by just frank
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Oil - Price & Supply/Demand Conundrum
Replies: 62
Views: 3838

Re: Oil - Price & Supply/Demand Conundrum

Lending in the oil industry ...read the Big Short you will notice more than a couple similarities... Three to 4 years ago I think 30 per cent of US high yield was to fracking companies? Some number like that? Now though I suspect we are through the worst. 3 years of low oil prices and brutal cost c...
by just frank
Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Oil - Price & Supply/Demand Conundrum
Replies: 62
Views: 3838

Re: Oil - Price & Supply/Demand Conundrum

I don't buy the narrative that shale will cap prices. ...For one, it's currently only a U.S. phenomenon in any meaningful way. I used to use about 1500 gallons of fuel oil a year. I now use none after switching to natural gas. Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant To Shut Down In 2019 Tuesday's ann...
by just frank
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Oil - Price & Supply/Demand Conundrum
Replies: 62
Views: 3838

Re: Oil - Price & Supply/Demand Conundrum

To answer the OP question... For short term speculation....make your bets however you like....I dunno. For long term hold: underweight traditional energy cos. The global energy business is in the process of being disrupted by new technology in several ways: Fracking: --new oil/gas technology (fracki...
by just frank
Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8922

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

And the 2018 LEAF has ProPilot...Nissan's adaptive cruise control and highway lane keeping feature in the two upper trims. When I was comparing different Leaf models before I bought mine, I realized that even ordinary cruise control and satellite navigation were pretty useless on this car. Seems we...
by just frank
Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8922

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

I have a Spark EV lease and a 240 Volt charger at home. This is a good combo for charging convenience but the car's range has been a limitation for me. if I had 200 miles (vice 80) I would be a happy camper. For ICE we have a small Mazda van. It is absolutely true with a little planning my Wife and...
by just frank
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another battery question
Replies: 25
Views: 2295

Re: Another battery question

Back in July I posted a question as to why I needed 3 auto batteries in less than five years. Based on the many responses I concluded that lack of use of my vehicle was the cause of the short battery life. I am retired and my 2003 Ford Ranger sits in the driveway most of the time. To correct this l...
by just frank
Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Electric car in evacuation situation
Replies: 61
Views: 4198

Re: Electric car in evacuation situation

A prediction I cannot be held to? By 2050 it will be difficult or impossible to drive an ICE vehicle and very expensive at the very least. Indeed I could see that by 2040. It will have become societally unacceptable. You read it from some stranger on the internets ;-). I believe it's the exact oppo...
by just frank
Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Electric car in evacuation situation
Replies: 61
Views: 4198

Re: Electric car in evacuation situation

As far as emergency situations, flexibility wins. So if gasoline is unavailable, electric wins, and vice versa. I believe electric vehicles helped in Japan for the tsunami recovery. Hybrids such as Prius can be very handy for running an inverter to get back up power for the home. I thought you were...
by just frank
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China to ban petrol cars
Replies: 64
Views: 4581

Re: China to ban petrol cars

AS for grid source....an EV on the US grid-average in 2017 is 'cleaner' than a Prius. Outside appalachia, it is a no-brainer on that side. "Most of U.S. electricity is generated using fossil fuels... Natural gas was the source of about 34% of U.S. electricity generation in 2016... Coal was the seco...
by just frank
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tesla Financing
Replies: 22
Views: 2114

Re: Tesla Financing

Massachusetts also just shut down it's last coal fired power plant. But just as California does, we also buy electricity on the open market, not just from generators located in state. We buy quite a bit from Quebec Hydro. Coal fired electricity goes into the grid just as renewable energy goes into ...
by just frank
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tesla Financing
Replies: 22
Views: 2114

Re: Tesla Financing

@Valuethinker...the US grid average number for 2017 is 33% Coal energy, not 50%. California shut down its last coal plant years ago...its at 0%. :mrgreen:
by just frank
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Electric car in evacuation situation
Replies: 61
Views: 4198

Re: Electric car in evacuation situation

As far as emergency situations, flexibility wins. So if gasoline is unavailable, electric wins, and vice versa. I believe electric vehicles helped in Japan for the tsunami recovery. Hybrids such as Prius can be very handy for running an inverter to get back up power for the home. I thought you were...
by just frank
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China to ban petrol cars
Replies: 64
Views: 4581

Re: China to ban petrol cars

I am sure there are parts of the country where electric cars perform well. I question though, whether they are well suited for us in the rural northeast. Commuting distances are long. How will winter traction be with the high-torque electric motor? How much is mileage and range impacted by defrosti...
by just frank
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China to ban petrol cars
Replies: 64
Views: 4581

Re: China to ban petrol cars

Don't most of China's population still use bicycles or mopeds? This whole thread is irrelevant :mrgreen: According to Forbes, sales of new cars to China exceeded the US number a few years back.... https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2016/01/12/chinas-car-market-beats-the-u-s-in-2015-and-will-aga...
by just frank
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China to ban petrol cars
Replies: 64
Views: 4581

Re: China to ban petrol cars

China won't do anything brash. The move to efficient vehicles is best accomplished through a slow-moving target like the CAFE standards in the U.S. If China were to pass such a law, they would also need to build batteries in facilities that would dwarf the Tesla Gigafactory. I guess we can all watc...
by just frank
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China to ban petrol cars
Replies: 64
Views: 4581

Re: China to ban petrol cars

Don't most of China's population still use bicycles or mopeds? This whole thread is irrelevant :mrgreen: According to Forbes, sales of new cars to China exceeded the US number a few years back.... https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2016/01/12/chinas-car-market-beats-the-u-s-in-2015-and-will-aga...
by just frank
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China to ban petrol cars
Replies: 64
Views: 4581

Re: China to ban petrol cars

2) EV is not as efficient as gasoline engine. EV would need: coal -> electricity -> battery -> motor. Whereas ICE does not waste much energy from gasoline. I disagree with this assertion. Study from 2012, the the US grid had only just barely started mass displacement of coal power by natural gas po...
by just frank
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8922

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

Both hazards have over a century of consumer experience in understanding the conditions under which each hazard arises and mitigating them. On the electrical side, even after all that experience, items used by the general public at more than 240V and 50A, which aren't simply hard-wired by professio...
by just frank
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8922

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

Both hazards have over a century of consumer experience in understanding the conditions under which each hazard arises and mitigating them. On the electrical side, even after all that experience, items used by the general public at more than 240V and 50A, which aren't simply hard-wired by professio...
by just frank
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China to ban petrol cars
Replies: 64
Views: 4581

Re: China to ban petrol cars

This may be true, however there are several paths to that future. I prefer the path where the electric cars become cheaper/better/safer and thus render internal combustion powered vehicles obsolete (think photographic film, video tape, etc.). "Banning" to force the change is not necessarily best fo...
by just frank
Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: China to ban petrol cars
Replies: 64
Views: 4581

Re: China to ban petrol cars

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41218243 I can not believe it is happenning USA used to be the leader in these things but now look who is more bold. So you think the US should be the leader in banning petrol cars? of course electric cars are the future This may be true, however there are several p...
by just frank
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8922

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

Basically the same things were all being said 10-15 year ago when Tesla was first starting to get noticed. I've seen more battery "breakthroughs" announced over that time than I can count - probably about every six months on average. New variations on lithium-ion batteries, several types of air bat...
by just frank
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8922

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

I got this one....because the subject you mentioned is a forbidden topic on this board, whether you like it or not. I didn't mention any subject, I'm just trying to following a forum. I don't see mods censoring posts. I saw a one user quote people and censor it which seemed peculiar. I also didn't ...
by just frank
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 8922

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

OK what I have exxed out is a forbidden topic on this forum. It is best not to use the words. How is science a forbidden topic? I don't understand why you keep censoring people's posts in your replies. I got this one....because the subject you mentioned is a forbidden topic on this board, whether y...